Donna Noble has to go down as one of the most popular Doctor Who companions of all, up there with Sarah Jane Smith, Ace, and Amy Pond – but actress, Catherine Tate filmed the character’s return while thinking fans hated her character.
Donna, of course, first appeared in 2006’s Doomsday cliffhanger, with her story explored in that year’s Christmas special, The Runaway Bride. She came back for 2008’s Series 4, and was told by a journalist on set that fans weren’t happy about her being back.
During David Tennant’s podcast, she said:
“The first day of filming, [a journalist] said, ‘What do you think about all the fan base hating the fact that you’re coming back?’… I said, ‘Oh, I didn’t know.’ So I’m filming the whole show thinking, ‘Oh, God.'”
But she got through it because she liked working with Tennant:
“I just kind of thought, ‘Oh, just enjoy doing it,’ because I loved doing it and I loved playing the character and I loved filming it and I loved working with [Tennant] and it’s great – but all the time I was thinking, ‘Oh no’, and people are going to be like shouting things at me.”
Obviously, it didn’t affect her performance, but what a shame to think that one of the leads was having a bad time during one of the most loved eras of the series.
So c’mon, gang – give Donna some love!